4 Attackers with one ball stand on four corners of the square, they are not allowed to move from their cones.
To start with include 3 defenders. These players must move around the area trying to intercept passes from the attackers by driving into the space between the passer and the receiver.
If a defender attempts to intercept the ball and fails and is out of position as a result one of the other defenders should spot the gap and endeavour to cover the space.
Once the exercise is working and understood by all players you can introduce another 1 or 2 defenders to make moving the ball around the area a lot harder for the attackers.
Develop individual defensive skills to improve the overall team defence to pressurise the pass and force an error, encouraging a covering defender to anticipate and make the interception.
Develop your player's defensive ability, allowing them to practice their 3 stages of defence in order to force errors and successfully obtain interceptions.
The red player (1) drops or throws the ball 5 times around the court for the blue player (1) to retrieve and feed back to them as quickly as possible.
When the ball has been retrieved 5 times the red player throws the ball to across to the other red player (2) in the centre third. Blue player 2 meanwhile has to try and intercept this pass from red player 1.
Before the pass is made from one third to the other blue 2 has to give the red player (2) two meters space - only once the pass has been made can they move to try and intercept it.
Once the red player 2 has the ball the drill starts again.
Players work in groups of 4.
The feeder stands with the ball in front of the 3 other players. The two receiving players stand 5 meters away from the feeder and 2 meters apart. The defending player is only a few steps behind the receivers.
As soon as the pass is made by the feeder the defender can make their move and try to intercept the ball before it reaches its intended target.
The receivers are not allowed to move towards the pass.
When the defender successfully intercepts the ball they can swap with the receiver who now becomes the defender.
Split the group into minimum of 3 people with one ball per group.
Player 2 runs to the side to receive ball from player 1.
They then turn and feed the ball to player 3 (the next player waiting in line).
Player 3 feeds the ball back to player 1 as player 2 moves quickly through to try and intercept the pass.
3 Blue players pass ball to each other and attempt to pass the ball to a static player White 4 (varying types of passes). Defender Green 1 adjusts positioning according to the position of the ball and she attempts to intercept feed.
Have 2 Feeders (F1, F2) passing to each other about 5m apart. The defender will start to the side and slightly behind F2. F1 will pass the ball to F2 and the defender will go for the intercept. If they get it they pass back to F1 (if not F2 passes back to F1). The defender then runs back the way they came the whole way around the back of F2, to make a circle before intercepting the next. Challenge your defenders to get 6 intercepts of passes in a row.
Blue players 1 and 2 pass the ball to one another, attempting to make space for a straight pass to one of the white players At the same time green player 1 shadows the movement of the ball between the 2 Blue players and attempts to intercept pass to one of the white players.
Players in pairs with 1 ball between them. They have to keep possession of the ball by passing it around and running into spaces, whilst 1 or 2 catchers are nominated to try and intercept the balls. When a pair lose the ball, they move out of the area and those intercepting continue to do so until all balls have been intercepted OR a time limit is reached.
Get your players into two teams of 4/5/6, one team wears bibs. The aim of the game is to get as many clean intercpetions as possible within the third over 60 seconds. You count how many clean intercepts each team can get when they are defending over the course of the 60 seconds. Once a player intercepts the ball they must put the ball down on the ground for the attacking team to pick up and keep going. Change over teams once the 60 seconds are over (attackers become defenders and vice versa) and see which team can get the most interceptions.
Set up: 3 lines are set up in triangle formation, one ball. 3 feeders at the front with a defensive player behind. Ball is passed around the 3 front players. Feeder is at the front of each line with the intention to receive a pass from any two of the other lines. Player immediately behind the front person is to time an intercept from incoming pass. Once pass received from defender it can be passed to any other line and the same is repeated. Rotate through feeders and defenders.
The two blue players pass the ball between themselves quickly and accurately. Meanwhile the white players stands in the middle, watching the ball pass from left to right. When they are ready the white player should position themselves between the ball and its intended recipient to make the interception.
Get into a group of 4 with one ball Two players will be feeders and will stand approxiamtely 4-5 meters apart One player will be a static attacker The other player will be a defender The two feeders will simply pass the ball between them The defender will be moving around the attacker maintaining an open body position The defender will time their movement and go for the interception The defender must get 4 successful interceptions before they can switch out
Set up a triangle with two players on each point. Players have to weave from the back to in front in order to receive the pass from the player to their right (ball travels in a clockwise direction). Once players have received the pass they then pass the ball to the front of the next point in the triangle for another player to weave and receive.
Players work in groups of 4. The feeder stands with the ball in front of the 3 other players. The two receiving players stand 5 meters away from the feeder and 2 meters apart. The defending player is only a few steps behind the receivers. As soon as the pass is made by the feeder the defender can make their move and try to intercept the ball before it reaches its intended target. The receivers are not allowed to move towards the pass. When the defender successfully intercepts the ball they can swap with the receiver who now becomes the defender.
Player 1 takes two steps in to finish with feet side by side. From this firm base, jump up to receive ball from player 2 who pushes it high above 1. One step back and repeat.
Two lines (Indian file) behind the centre transverse line facing the centre of the court. On the coach's whistle players drive out at a 45 degree angle, one player to right/one to left, pretending to intercept the centre pass which they were not able to intercept. Your players now pretend that the (imaginary) attacker now has ball. Defender turns to face attacker and implements 2nd stage defence (hands over ball to pressure pass). Your player then shadows the attacker along the sideline of the court before then rejoining the back of the line.
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